We have a Federal election coming in Canada on October 21, 2019. Technically there a few things that could happen that could make it happen sooner, like a non-confidence vote in the Government, or the Prime Minister advising the Governor General to call it sooner, but since way back in 2009, elections have been “the third Monday in October in the fourth calendar year after the previous poll”.
As for the election campaign, there is a legal minimum length of 36 days. While there is no maximum length, 2015 saw the longest election campaign in Canadian history, an excruciating 78 days.
So I had to laugh a bit on Monday, when our Open Mic post had a discussion about Democratic Candidates for a U.S. election that was 616 days away. By the way, the oldest manuscript of Revelation, Papyrus 115, has the number of the Beast at 616 (not 666 as it is more commonly known), making me wonder if such such a discussion was truly Satanic. (Who started that discussion thread anyway?) [removes tongue from cheek].
Living in Canada we tend to be dominated by the American news cycle, so we have the distinct disadvantage of living through extra election cycles, our own, along with our neighbors to the south.
I have been on Facebook now for nearly 12 years. In that time I have experienced 13 election cycles. (Three Presidential, three midterms, three Prime Minister, four Provincial Premier) In each country’s cycle I see the rhetoric on social media get ratcheted up several orders of magnitude, but never returned to the level at which it was prior to the election. I haven’t got a graph to prove this, but if anyone knows of one I would appreciate a link in the comments.
To be honest, I find it all very overwhelming and stressful, and spiritually draining. I grow weary of those who feel they have to comment about Trump, or Trudeau, or Ontario Premier Doug Ford, every. single. day.
My strategy has been to unfollow people like that that at the start of the election cycle. Typically I don’t add them back after the election.
But I think it may be time for me to take another social medial hiatus.
As usual your thoughts and comments are welcome.